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All government parties are supporting smart grid, more large scale roll outs like Victoria to follow

On the day of the Federal Budget, all major political parties have left the door open to continue to back projects aimed at improving the efficiency of electricity usage, echoing that Australia's nascent energy smart grid may continue to enjoy federal government support. Since 2010 up to 30,000 households have participated in the multiyear Ausgrid-led $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City project. It aims to ...

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Japan to Export Nuclear Technology to Europe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to make official trips to Eastern Europe next month with a plan to promote the export of Japanese nuclear technology. He is scheduled to visit Poland on June 16 to attend a meeting of leaders from the country, along with the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, also known as the Visegrad Four (V4). Prime Minister Abe will use the opportunity to address the leaders ...

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Westinghouse and China State Nuclear Seek International Business

Westinghouse Electric Co. has formed a joint venture with Chinese company State Nuclear Technology Corp. that will enable Chinese suppliers to make parts and provide services for Westinghouse’s AP1000 nuclear power plants both in China and abroad. State Nuclear Technology Corp. is the general contractor building the first four AP1000 plants at Sanmen, China. A state-owned enterprise, it was founded in 2007. ...

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Supreme Court Gives Green Light for Russian-built Kudankulam Plant

India's Supreme Court has paved the way for the commissioning of a nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu that has been the target of widespread protests. Monday's verdict would make the Russian-built Kudankulam plant, designed to help meet a surging demand for electricity, the country's largest nuclear power project. "The plant has been set up for people's welfare," said the ruling deliver ...

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More State Support Required, Says China’s Desalination Chief

The lack of an effective pricing mechanism for water produced by desalination and support for an operable policy is affecting the development of the country's seawater desalination industry, according to Li Linmei, director of the Institute of Seawater Desalination & Multipurpose Utilization in Tianjin, part of the State Oceanic Administration. Reported in China Daily, Linmei said more government suppor ...

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New Central Java Power Plant Faces Delays

Construction of a $4 billion project to build a 2,000 MW coal-fired power plant in Batang, Central Java, is facing slow progress due to land acquisition issues which have pushed it a year behind schedule, a senior government official said on Friday. The government has announced the tender winner for the project on October 2011, said Luky Eko Wuryanto, deputy minister for infrastructure and regional developm ...

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Hyundai Installs South Korea’s Largest Rooftop Photovoltaic Power Plant

In an effort to expand the use of renewable energy and take measures to help reduce pollution, Hyundai will install South Korea's largest rooftop photovoltaic power plant at its manufacturing factory in Asan, where vehicles like the Sonata Hybrid are built. Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) will purchase the electricity generated by the solar modules and sell it to nearby areas. Nearly 40,000 such mo ...

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Smart Grids™ Ability to Simplify Distributed Generation Encourages its Installation in Asia-Pacific

The smart grids market in Asia-Pacific got a huge boost from the roll-outs of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in Australasia and Smart City projects in North Asia. The market can expect higher revenue inflow with the rising popularity of Demand response systems and energy management system (EMS) installations as well as Southeast Asia desire to switch to smart grids. New analysis from Frost & Sul ...

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New Technology Dramatically Improves Solar Efficiency

A Vijayawada-based solar energy equipment manufacturer, Jyothi Solar Power Projects has claimed that by using two new technologies together with the existing PV panel system, 91% of the Sun’s energy could be converted into electrical power. At a meeting to showcase the technologies here on Saturday, P. Lakshminarayana, Director Technical of the company said they had applied for patents. They include ‘Twinti ...

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Tata Power Forms JV for $700 million Hydro Project in Georgia

Tata Power Co is in pact with Clean Energy Invest AS and IFC InfraVentures to develop two hydro power projects totaling 400MW in Georgia at an estimated cost of $ 700 million, the Tata group power utility said Friday. Tata Power and Clean Energy would hold 40% stake each in the joint venture. The hydro projects would be developed in three phases with the first phase expected to be completed before mid-2016. ...

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